Those of you who were wondering what’s happening with the Scout need wonder no longer.
As we bring in new members of the TFL fleet, so too must we say goodbye to vehicles like our long-term Porsche Boxster, and now the 1962 International Harvester Scout 80. Last year, we rescued the Scout from a barn in northern Wyoming, where it sat hidden away for the past two decades. After putting in some serious elbow grease cleaning 20 years of dirt and grime, as well as bringing in a Scout expert mechanic to get it running again, the Scout has been a faithful – if a bit reclusive – member of the TFL family.
Now, the time has come for the Scout to find a new home. We’ve put it up for sale via Craigslist, where you can check it out right now! The rig has the original 152 cubic inch four-cylinder engine, mated to a three-speed manual transmission. It also has 4.27 gears and a limited-slip rear differential, as well as dual fuel tanks.
Other top-spec equipment from 1962 includes a heater, a steel top, AM radio, a Power Take Off winch, and of course four-wheel drive. It had rust issues repaired and received a fresh respray when the second owner bought the Scout in the 1980’s. The vehicle has 75,000 all-original miles, and quite the story to tell, by way of our “Getting Lucky” barn find series.
The International Harvester Scout 80 is the precursor to modern, more sophisticated SUVs. At the time, International Harvester sold it as a competitor to Jeep, and even included a fold-down windshield. In 1971, the Scout II went into production, and remained a part of International’s lineup until 1980.